By Rob Glenn
August 08, 2005
I am really indifferent to this whole expansion issue, as I really have not been paying enough attention to it to understand that they want. I recall a couple of years ago seeing a layout in the daily news, but I really have not paid any attention.
One thing I don't understand about Ketchikan is how people in this town get to vote. I realize there is a borough, city, and additional towns on the island. But what I don't understand is if this is something that affects everyone on the island then why can't everyone vote on it? You would think when there are 13,000 people living here everyone somehow gets affected, and therefore it should not be limited regarding voting. I guess I don't even know why we have so many different political areas anyway.
Anyway, vote as you wish, but just think... do we need more cruise ships to come in on a single day? Are there enough cruise ships to make the dock necessary? Who will really benefit? Can the cruise ships help fix other parts of the city up, or add more less costly excursions for those passengers who "want to see Alaska", but don't or can't pay too much.
Maybe we can get a casino as that would add lots of money because cruise ship passengers love the casinos, and it would fit right in with all the Caribbean shops in town. If Ketchikan and Alaska want to be a tourist trap, then they should go all the way and hold nothing back.
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